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Serge Mouille

French, 1922-1988

Instantly recognizable by their long slender armatures and domed, ovoid shades, the best-known floor lamps and other lighting fixtures of Serge Mouille have become emblems of the organic design of the mid-20th century. Along with Jean Prouvé, Mathieu Matégot and others, Mouille brought a fresh, modern aesthetic to metalwork, one of the most tradition-bound mediums in the decorative arts.

Mouille (pronounced: MWEE) was born to a working Parisian family. At age 15, he took up studies in the metalworking atelier of that École des Arts Appliqués, under the tutelage of the goldsmith and sculptor Gabriel Lacroix. After graduating, in 1941, Mouille worked in Lacroix’s studio and began teaching at his alma mater four years later.

In the early 1950s, bothered by the preponderance of new Italian lamps and chandeliers on the market and consumed with the belief that fixtures by Gino Sarfatti and others were unnecessarily complex, Mouille opened a lighting-design workshop. He quickly won commissions from several French schools and libraries. In 1956, the influential Paris gallerist Steph Simon — who also promoted Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Isamu Noguchi — began to show Mouille designs, introducing his work to private collectors. Mouille would continue making handcrafted lighting fixtures at a slow but steady pace until 1964, when he stopped working to begin a long course of treatment for tuberculosis. When it was completed, Mouille returned to teaching at the École des Arts Appliqués for the remainder of his career.

With the biomorphic shades and long armatures of his fixtures, Mouille created one of the most engaging and idiosyncratic lighting aesthetics of his time. Though often described as “insect-like,” his pieces have more in common with the fluid, buoyant forms in the paintings of Jean Arp. (Mouille designed several cylindrical or columnar lamps; though highly collectible, those are interesting outliers in his body of work.)

As with Prouvé’s folded metal forms and Matégot’s perforated steel, Mouille brought a novel lightness and energy to metal furnishings. Since Mouille’s designs found renewed popularity in the early 2000s, licensed re-editions of his pieces are being produced. The disparity in price between vintage and current-day Mouille pieces is great. Older works — identification tip: the interior white reflective enameling has a yellowish cast — cost $20,000 to $40,000, and newer pieces go for 10 to 20 percent less than that. As you will see on these pages, Serge Mouille created icons of 20th century design — at once sleek, suave and friendly — that belong in any modern decor.

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Cocotte Table Lamp
Cocotte Table Lamp
Library Ceiling Light
Library Ceiling Light
Serge Mouille Large TOTEM Column Floor Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp model 'Large TOTEM Column Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

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Aluminum

Serge Mouille Modern Black Five Curved Fixed Arms Spider Ceiling Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling wall lamp model 'Five Curved Fixed Arms Spider Ceiling Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, ...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Large and Small Totem Column Floor Lamp Set
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp models 'Large Totem Column Lamp' and 'Small Totem Column Lamps' set designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

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Aluminum

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern White Cocotte Table Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model 'Cocotte Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1957. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manuf...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Spider Five Broken Arms Ceiling Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Spider five broken arms ceiling lamp designed by Serge Mouille or collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom. A "Certificate of Authenticity" comes t...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

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Bronze, Steel

Serge Mouille "Saturn" Table Lamp in Black
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Glendale, CA
Serge Mouille "Saturn" table lamp in black. Originally designed in 1957, this iconic lamp is still made by Edition Serge Mouille in France using many of the same small-scale manufact...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

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Aluminum, Steel, Brass

  • Serge Mouille "Saturn" Table Lamp in Black
  • Serge Mouille "Saturn" Table Lamp in Black
  • Serge Mouille "Saturn" Table Lamp in Black
  • Serge Mouille "Saturn" Table Lamp in Black
H 15.75 in. W 15.36 in. D 16.15 in.
Serge Mouille Black "Suspension" Two Fixed and One Rotating Curved Arm Lamp
By Editions Serge Mouille, Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model "Suspension" 'Two Fixed and One Rotating Curved Arm Ceiling Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1956. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The produ...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Five Fixed Arms Spider Ceiling Lamp
By Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling wall lamp model 'Five Fixed Arms Spider Ceiling Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1953. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall li...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Serge Mouille

Materials

Aluminum, Bronze, Steel

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Serge Mouille furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Serge Mouille are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Serge Mouille furniture there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 25 vintage editions of these items, while there are 18 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Serge Mouille were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Glustin Creation, Pierre Chareau and Editions Serge Mouille if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Serge Mouille furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,104 and tops out at $50,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,508.

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